“Axacan (for Boychild and José E. Muñoz)”
Many describe E+E’s THE LIGHT THAT YOU GAVE ME TO SEE YOU as imbued with a biblical energy — an old testament setting, where fragmented R&B is a soundtrack for sacrificial rituals, the raising of daggers during big (godly) moments. I think that’s right on. But, of course, the record is more than that too. The “biblical energy” is one out of potentially 1,000 references flying into your ears at any given moment during the densest sections of E+E’s music. I think the “biblical” analogy suggests more of a general “hugeness” that has become Elijah Crampton’s signature. It’s a hugeness found in the most epic of anime fight scenes, in Daddy Yankee’s voice, in Heideggerian mumbo jumbo, and/or in conceptual freedom.
“Axacan” takes the sound palette from one of my favorite E+E pieces, “BIG-FIRE,” and gives it (a bit) more space to breathe. At first, the track thunderously cracks off at a classical 110%, complete with Lil Jon’s “YEAHs” and radio DJ fanfare. Soon enough, there’s a dip into a different drama — perhaps less violently transcendental and more directly emotional. Glassy E piano, a steady calypso beat, and subtle horn-play chorus a heavy-hearted ride off into a blood-red sunset. I could analytically list all the components of the “semiotic banquet” I encountered throughout, but to avoid more shopping lists, I’ll describe the experience as similar to that one scene in Princess Mononoke, when the characters encounter the Forest Spirit for the first time. But, the Forest Spirit is more of a DESERT Spirit who pours mezcal from its head and lives deep within an old, but still gently poppin’ club.
The piece is dedicated to José Esteban Muñoz, a champion of queer and minority voices within critical theory and performance studies, and it was commissioned by radical artists Wu Tsang and Boychild for non-profit art center DiverseWorks. Beautiful.
In the grey of February, Christina Vantzou released Nº2, a record that provided great drama to an already dramatic season – these are slow, gorgeous compositions that unfold patiently, carefully, and delicately enough to warrant me wanting to say properly. Almost six months later, we’re graced with an immaculate, slow motion video for album-gem “Sister” and…wow. I often have a tendency to want to avoid this sort of emotionalism, but here it’s damn-near overwhelming, as the video has a way of asserting its “deep and realness” forcefully, to the point where there’s no way of feeling like your dead inside. This is a good thing! Dig the video’s classic imagery, as flickering candles, choir, and lush strings surround a woman’s act of levitation. The scene captures the intense, floaty feeling of listening to Nº2 in it’s natural habitat – bedtime reflection, in between states of consciousness. In fact, the only setting perhaps more natural than this sort of nocturnal-bedroom-zone is the music soundtracking a miraculous act in a church. Well! Here we are!
Vantzou has an extensive portfolio of video-work to her name, as she’s made a self-directed video for each one of the tracks on Nº2, so keep those eyes peeled. Check out “Sister” above.
I hope the brevity of this paragraph signals you to listen to this track. Miss Modular, one of the minds behind London’s Her Records, delivers “Earplug” following his “Reflector Pack/Cruzer Edge” release at the beginning of the year. Too grime to be ballroom and too ballroom to be grime, “Earplug” is just one of the many releases on the Her Records Vol. 3 compilation (including a really good rework of Rihanna’s “Diamonds”). “Earplug” calls to mind Jam City’s “Her,” but it’s even more vogue!
Chocolate Grinder Mix 107
[̲̅$̲̅(̲̅100)̲̅$̲̅] . [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅20)̲̅$̲̅] . [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅5)̲̅$̲̅] . [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅1)̲̅$̲̅]
Money: let’s get it. Money: over everything. Money: on a gold plate. Money: so much I’m gonna lend it. Money: this, that, the other. Money: over here. Money: every time they play it. Money: talks. Money: what I’m talking about. Money: covered in it. Money: getting it. Money: so long. Money: taste it. Money: playing with it. Money: on my mind.
Money: jets on holidays, chefs with hollandaise, expensive lingerie.
Money: blue hydrangea, cold cash divine; cashmere, cologne, and white sunshine; red racing cars, sunset + vine.
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[00:00] Tink - “Money Over Everything”
[02:53] A. G. Cook - [untitled]
[06:03] GFOTY - [untitled]
[06:55] Mariah Carey - “Money ($ * / …)”
[08:58] Diamond Black Hearted Boy - “its bittersweet when i roll”
[10:18] Chinx Drugz - “All I Know”
[13:52] Future - “Covered N Money”
[17:23] Katie Got Bandz - “Playin Wit My Mone”
[21:01] Lana Del Rey - “Old Money”
[25:28] E-40 - “Money on My Mind”
I’m on listen number ∞, and I still want more!! How appropriate is that fuckin’ hashtag? Like, "uh-huh, yep, okay". Golly, this is gully (yo Cam, wanna rap over this?!?). Pancakes have nothing on the flatness of my thoughts right now. Totally singular and base. STiM’s a rascal. Stupid nods. Oh, real quick, PLEASE turn the speakers up. I know, I know; shit’s prolly cranked already, but I guarantee you they’re still not loud enough. TURN IT THE FUCK UP AND PLAY IT AGAIN!!!!!
• STiM: https://soundcloud.com/stewstim